This weekend I’m heading to the Runner’s World Half and Festival that is presented by Altra Running. Since I’m an Altra Running ambassador, I’m pretty excited about meeting the founder of Altra Running, Golden Harper. Golden originally created his first pair of Zero Drop™ shoes using an old pair of running shoes and a toaster oven!
Rumor has it that we will have the opportunity to be fitted by Altra staff. I look forward to hearing if they think I am running in the correct Altra shoe for me.
I’ve been wearing Altra running shoes for a while now. A few years ago, I transitioned to minimalist running, including running barefoot on my treadmill and using Vibram Five Fingers when I was outside. While I enjoyed that style of running, I am mostly a pavement runner and found that a half marathon was my max distance in those types of shoes (and my feet were pretty trashed at the end of a half.) So, I began transition back to “more” shoe. Trial and error did nothing except aggravate my Morton’s neuroma.
Enter Altra Running.
I was given a pair of Altra Intuition 1.5 when I was an ambassador for ZOOMA Annapolis. It was love at first run. The cushioning combined with Zero Drop™ and their FootShape™ toe box was absolutely perfect for me. Thanks to their toe box, my neuroma slowly stopped bothering me and I haven’t had pain there since I transitioned to Altra’s full time.
In fact, I loved the Intuition 1.5 so much that I became an Altra Ambassador.
So, how did I go from the Intuition, which is a moderately cushioned shoe, to the Altra One which is lightly cushioned? Well, when I didn’t like the Intuition 2 as much as the 1.5, I jumped to the Altra One 2. I felt like I was running on clouds! So lightweight, so comfy. Just perfect.
The Altra One 2.5 is the newest version of the Altra One.
Here’s what Altra has to say about it:
The new One 2.5 is built for speed, without sacrificing the comfort needed to maintain it through the finish line. A FootShape™ toe box lets your toes relax and move freely for incredible comfort, extra stability and a more powerful toe-off. Innerflex™ technology adapts to the flexion of your foot with omnidirectional flex grooves in the midsole. Responsive A-Bound™ cushioning protects the feet at impact and rebounds to add a spring to each step. The weight-balanced, Zero Drop™ platform helps you maintain low-impact form, even when fatigue sets in at the end of a hard race or workout. Go fast, go hard and stay comfortable from step one to the finish line with the new One 2.5.
Why Zero Drop™?
Zero Drop™ means that there is no drop between the heel and toe of the shoe. (Traditional running shoes have around a 12mm drop.) This lack of drop helps keep your foot in it’s natural position, as well as allowing for a more powerful push off. It also helps maintain a more midfoot/forefoot landing instead of heel striking. For many, switching from a heel strike to midfoot solves their running injuries.
I ran three of the Center of the Nation races wearing a pair of Altra One 2.5s (the other 3 were in the One^2). I had no blisters or rubbing of any kind (even on the day we ran in the pouring rain.) They supported my feet well and allowed my toes to splay completely. I find the 2.5s responsive and flexible. One of the changes from the 2 is that the grooves are no longer the perfect size to pick up gravel during runs, which is a huge improvement to me.
I love these shoes. If you are already wearing zero drop or low drop shoes, but are looking for a cushioned neutral shoe, the Altra One 2.5 is your shoe. If you aren’t already in that type of shoe, the Altra One 2.5 could be your shoe, but please transition slowly! Moving to a low drop shoe too quickly can mess up your calves. (I have personal experience with that!)
This weekend, I will be running (fingers crossed) four races in my Altras – probably a mix of One^2, One 2.5, and Intuition 3.0. And then, next weekend, I’ll be taking the 2.5’s on their inaugural marathon at the Marine Corps Marathon.
Have you tried Altra Running shoes? I’m super excited to meet the founder and learn more about running in the Altras with good form!
Disclaimer: I am an Altra ambassador, but I was not asked to write a review of the Altra shoes (affiliate link). All opinions are my own.